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New Music 20x12: Anna Meredith and the National Youth Orchestra
30 April 2012

NMC - Anna Meredith HandsFree (live)

NYO rehearsing a new work HandsFree - composed by Anna Meredith and choreographed by David Ogle

Anna Meredith's HandsFree enables NYO’s young musicians, from all over Britain, to share their musicianship and creative inventiveness without their instruments, through clapping, body percussion and beatboxing. Set for flashmob style performances in cities nationwide and as a surprise opener/encore to NYO concerts, Anna shaped HandsFree in workshops with members of the NYO, in her words, 'building a piece they're excited to perform and want to own, that showcases their virtuosity to audiences old and new'.

The track is available to download from NMC for just £0.79p

Visit the NMC New Music 20x12 mini-site for details on all 20 works in the series.

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NMC Recordings is a digital partner in the PRS for Music Foundation New Music 20x12 Cultural Olympiad project. As a charity we are dedicated to promoting and preserving new music and proud to include these 20 new commissions in our ever-growing catalogue of the best of both emerging and established composers in Britain.

 
Each New Music 20x12 piece encompasses an exciting range of composers and music genres and offers a snapshot of the UK’s rich musical life, from jazz, folk and music for brass band to contemporary classical, chamber opera and music written for dance. The works take inspiration from the spirit of the Olympic and Paralympic Games – endeavour, celebration, achievement and collaboration.
 
All tracks will be released throughout 2012 as single downloads in digital mp3 (£0.79p) and FLAC (£0.89p) format.
 
They will be available to purchase from the NMC online store and via our worldwide network of digital distributors, including iTunes and Amazon.
 
Below are two videos of the NYO performing HandsFree. The first was filmed by NMC at the PRS for Music Foundation New Music 20x12  launch party (January 2012) and the second is an early rehearsal with the composer.
 
NYO live performance and rehearsal videos

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